- Come Together: wat New York heeft te bieden
Installed in four light-filled floors of a former warehouse in the commercial and creative complex known as Industry City, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, “Come Together” is an affirmation of New York’s cultural vitality through a wide sampling of artists, who all know at least some of the others. Much bigger and definitely more random that any exhibition devoted to New York artists in recent years, it spans several generations, aesthetic inclinations and degrees of fame.
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- Devin Troy Strother
In Devin Troy Strother’s infectiously exuberant show are three nearly identical cartoon figures of dancing black women in glittery dresses, each cut out from an 8-foot tall, 1 ½-inch thick panel and leaning against a gallery wall. One is called “look at my guuurl! Sha’riece over there getting her shine on (with that John McCracken lean).” The other two titles have the name Sha’riece changed to Sha’niece and Sha’triece. John McCracken refers to the sculptor whose Minimalist planks similarly lean against gallery walls. Mr. Strother thus connects high art, kitschy cartooning and street talk. Also in the show, “guuurl you know I loves me some Yves Klein tho,” has a silhouetted nude female doing a split on top of a cube painted blue, albeit not quite Yves Klein blue. “Damn guuuurl have you seen that bitch Shanice, lately, tss she got big guuurl,” a monumental nude cut out of a half-inch thick aluminum sheet and painted black, invokes the Modernist tradition of the exotic female à la Matisse.
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- Okwui Enwezor gaat volgende Venice Biennial doen
The Venice Biennale’s board of directors has revealed that Okwui Enwezor will be director of the festival’s visual arts sector in 2015, and will curate the fifty-sixth international art exhibition at the Giardini and Arsenale. The Nigerian-born Enwezor has served as the director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich since 2011. He has also been the artistic director of festivals including the second Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa, Documenta 11, the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla in Spain, the seventh Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and the Triennal d’Art Contemporain of Paris at the Palais de Tokyo. Board president Paolo Baratta stated: “Enwezor has investigated, in particular, the complex phenomenon of globalization in relation to local roots. His personal experience is a decisive starting point for the geographic range of his analysis, for the temporal depth of recent developments in the art world, and for the variegated richness of the present
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